A Bond County Deputy and Bond County EMS responded Sunday, at 8:35 p.m., to a motorcycle accident on Sorento Avenue.  According to the accident report, William W. Sparks, age 66, of Marine, was westbound on Sorento Avenue on a Harley Davidson motorcycle. 

Sparks swerved to avoid a deer and lost control of his motorcycle which slid approximately 65 yards to its final resting place.  Bond County EMS took Sparks to St. Louis University Hospital for treatment.


Greenville Comets fans had their first chance to see the team in action Friday night, as the Comets hosted their Annual Blue & White Scrimmage Game at Don Stout Field.

The Comets begin regular season play this Friday night with their home opener against Litchfield. You can hear the game right here on WGEL 101.7 FM!



The Bond County Relay for Life painted the town purple Saturday.  The Relay’s “Paint Our Town Purple” event was held Saturday morning on the courthouse lawn.  The Andy and Belinda Baxter Family, of Greenville, provided musical entertainment and Greenville Mayor Alan Gaffner read an official proclamation. 

Maura Campbell, of Greenville, shared her story as the mother of a son who was diagnosed with cancer at a young age, but started high school this year cancer free.

Following Saturday’s program, Mayor Gaffner painted a purple ribbon on Main Street in front of Watson’s Drug Store and Relay for Life team members put purple ribbons up all over Bond County.

The 2013 Relay for Life will be held Friday and Saturday, September 13th and 14th at the Greenville High School Track.



A St. Peter teenager was killed early Friday morning in a car/bicycle collision.  According to the Fayette County Coroner’s Office, at approximately 5:30 a.m. Friday, 15 year-old Nathan Horath of St. Peter, was travelling south on IL Rt. 185 about a mile and a half east of St. Peter on a bicycle when he was allegedly struck from behind by a south bound Pontiac driven by Sandra Gelsinger of Brownstown. 

According to the Coroner’s Office, Horath was allegedly operating his bicycle near the center of the roadway prior to daylight at a time when weather conditions were poor.  Horath was pronounced dead at the scene.  The crash remains under investigation by the Fayette County Coroner and the Illinois State Police.


At the recent Bond County Board meeting, the intergovernmental agreement between the county and the Bond County Soil and Water Department for the new county recycling center was approved. Soil & Water Administrative Coordinator Emily Hartmann told WGEL the Bond County Soil & Water Conservation District Board of Directors will meet this evening to review the agreement that the Bond County Board approved last Tuesday. 

If the proposal is approved, they will place the order for the building and apply for the building permit. Hartmann said officials hope to begin construction this fall, with recycling being available to the county before Christmas.

The facility will be located just east of McDonalds on Rt. 40, where the Soil & Water Conservation District currently has a shed. Once a structure is built, county residents will be able to drop off recyclables, which will be picked up weekly by FAYCO.


The Greenville Tourism Committee met last week and approved a recommendation to help fund advertising for the Bond County Humane Society's 10th Annual Paws in the Park, to be held Saturday, September 21st at Patriot’s Park. The approval provided $750 in advertising assistance.



Shoal Creek Firefighters responded Sunday, at 11:12 a.m., to a report of a house fire on North Street in Donnellson.  According to Fire Chief Kent Priddle, the fire was confined to an upstairs bedroom of a two-story home. 

The cause of the fire was determined to be electrical, starting next to or under a mattress on the floor over an electrical cord.  Contents of the bedroom are a total loss and Chief Priddle estimated the damage at approximately $10,000.00 due to smoke and water damage to the rest of the home. 

No one was home when the fire started and no injuries were reported.  Greenville Firefighters provided mutual aid with a pumper truck and manpower.  Bond County EMS responded when it was thought there might be someone in the home but left soon after it was determined no one was inside.  Firefighters were on the scene about two hours.


There have been a few accidents in the listening area recently involving All Terrain Vehicles. Illinois State Police District 11 Safety Education Officer, Trooper Calvin Dye, Jr., told WGEL there are some simple ways to stay safe while driving or riding on an ATV. 

First, always be sure to wear a helmet. Whether you are driving the vehicle or riding as a passenger, a helmet can save your life. Also, it is generally best to stay off of main roadways to ensure that you do not collide with any automobiles. When driving at night, be sure to use your headlights and watch out for animals. Overall, Trooper Dye said you need to respect the vehicle that you’re on and be aware of your surroundings.

For more information on how to stay safe while driving or riding on an All Terrain Vehicle, visit the website www.ATVSafety.org.


The Greenville Plan Commission will meet tonight at 7:00 p.m. in the municipal building. Items on the agenda include a request from T Bow Inc. for a planned unit development on Beaumont Avenue and a review and recommendation of a proposed unified development code.





The Kaskaskia College Athletic Department is having a free clinic, autograph day, and a “Kicking for a Cure” soccer game this afternoon. The Blue Angels soccer team will play Robert Morris University at 4:00 p.m. followed by the free clinic and autograph session. All proceeds from the game benefit cancer research. For more information, call 545-3175.


The Greenville Junior High Bluejays baseball team won two games over the weekend.  In a double header on Saturday the Bluejays first beat Mascoutah 10-6, then beat Salem 3-0.  The Bluejays are off to a great start this season at 5-2.


Scott J. McLean               

Scott J. McLean, age 42, of Greenville, passed away Friday, August 23, at his home.  Memorial services for 42 year-old Scott J. McLean will be Friday, at 10:00 a.m., at the Greenville First Christian Church.  Burial will be in Jefferson Barracks National Cemetery.  Friends may call Thursday, from 4:00 – 8:00 p.m. at the church.  Memorials are suggested to Stephanie McLean for Maxwell McLean’s college fund.  Young Funeral Home in Greenville is in charge of arrangements.


Emma Ledbetter, age 97 of Clinton, Illinois and formerly of Greenville, Illinois, passed away Saturday, August 24, 2013 in Liberty Village Nursing Home, Clinton, Illinois.

Funeral services will be held 1:00 p.m. Wednesday, August 28, 2013 at the Donnell-Wiegand Funeral Home in Greenville.  Interment will follow in Mt. Auburn Cemetery.  Visitation will be held 11:00 a.m. until service time Wednesday at the Donnell-Wiegand Funeral Home in Greenville.  For those who desire, memorials may be made to the Greenville First Baptist Church or St. Jude's.

Emma, the daughter of Henry and Ada Vena Vogel Hemken, was born December 1, 1915 in Montgomery County near Walshville, Illinois.  Mrs. Ledbetter grew up on the family farm and went to school, attended the Missimore School, Reno, Illinois.  She worked for Sim's Dime Store, the Sterling Store and for 23 years at DeMoulin Brothers in Greenville, retiring in 1979.  In 2008, Emma moved to Clinton, Illinois to be close to family.

Emma and Luther Allah Ledbetter were united in marriage on February 25, 1933 in Montgomery County, Illinois.  They enjoyed 62 years of marriage before his passing in 1995.

Emma is survived by her son, Bill L. Ledbetter and his wife Lynda of Clinton, Illinois, brother Otto Hemken of Walshville, Illinois, 2 grandchildren; Karen Underwood and Lori Murphy, 4 great-grandchildren; Jeremy, Jill, Candi and Samantha and 7 great-great grandchildren.

She is preceded in death by her parents, husband, brothers; Marion at age 3, Burl and Russell, sister Ruby Hughes and a great-grandchild Hunter.
She was a member of the First Baptist Church, Utlaut Memorial Hospital Auxiliary and ILGWU.

Paul A. Quigley, SMSGT USAF

Paul A. Quigley, age 73 of Trenton, a retired Senior Master Sergeant with the United States Air Force, passed away Thursday at his home.  A funeral mass of Christian burial will be held today at 10:00 a.m. at St. Mary’s Catholic Church in Trenton.  Burial will be in St. Mary’s Cemetery with full military honors.  Friends may call this morning from 8:00 to 9:45 a.m. at the Moss Funeral Home in Trenton.  Memorials are suggested to Hospice of Southern Illinois or to the Multiple Sclerosis Society.

Mr. Quigley was born July 12, 1940 in Corning, NY to Henry and Marian (Nares) Quigley; they preceded him in death.

Her married Juanita “Nita” Shaw on October 9, 1976; she preceded him in death on May 14, 2010.

In addition to his parents and wife, he was also preceded in death by a sister, Eunice Bennett; and brothers, Thomas, John, Gary, and Herbert Quigley.

Surviving are his sons, Paul (Denise) Quigley, Jr. of Dublin, Ireland and Michael (Jeanine) Quigley of Schererville, IN; step-children, Bradley (Debra) Cornell and Beth (Curt) Meredith all of Elburn; his special friend, Connie Morber of Campbell Hill; siblings, Fred Quigley of Charleston, SC, Nancy (Steven) Dah of Darien, Norma Quigley of Westmont, Hank Quigley of Gary, IN, and Margaret Quigley of California; honorary friend, Sherry (Ron) Deien of Trenton, and several sisters-in-law and brothers-in-law,

Paul retired from the United States Air Force as a Senior Master Sergeant and he also worked as a teacher’s aide at Union Elementary School in Belleville.

He was a member of St. Mary’s Catholic Church in Trenton, Past Commander of the Trenton VFW Post 7983, Trenton Knights of Columbus Council 2932, Knights of Columbus 4th Degree Bishop Althoff Assembly, and was a former member of the American Legion in Crown Point, IN.

Ronald Snow

Ronald Snow, age 69, of Greenville, formerly of Mulberry Grove, passed away Wednesday at Highland Healthcare.  Funeral services will be held today at 2:00 p.m. at the Donnell-Wiegand Funeral Home in Greenville.  Burial will be in Tennessee.  Friends may call today from noon until service time at the funeral home.  Memorials are suggested to the Veteran’s Organizations of Mulberry Grove.

Ronald Murl Snow the son of Murl Kimbro Snow, who survives and Jennie Williams Snow, was born November 7, 1943 in Donnellson, Illinois.  He grew up around Greenville, attended the local schools and graduated from Mulberry Grove High School.  Mr. Snow served our country in the United States Marine Corps.  He was honorably discharged.  Ronald drove a truck for many companies in the area and worked at carlisle Rubber.

Ronald and Amanda Lou Ford were united in marriage on October 3, 1971 in Tennessee.  She passed away October 5, 2008.

Surviving are his children; Phillip (Mendi) Snow of Indiana, Steven (Tanya) Snow of Alabama, Jennie Snow of Florida and Sandra (Joey) Self of Tennessee.  He is also survived by his father Murl and 8 wonderful grandchildren and a sister Sandra Kay Fought of Florida.

Mr. Snow is preceded in death by his wife, sister Retha Larson and his mother.

Martha Duing

Martha C. Duing, age 89 of Germantown, passed away Saturday at Scenic Hills Care Center in Ferdinand, IN. A funeral mass of Christian burial will be Tuesday at 10:00 a.m. at St. Boniface Catholic Curch in Germantown. Burial will be in St. Boniface cemetery. Friends may call today from 4 to 8 PM and Tuesday from 8:00 to 9:45 a.m. at the Moss Funeral Home in Germantown.  Memorials are suggested to St. Boniface Catholic Church or Mater Dei High School.

Martha C. Duing 89 of Germantown died Saturday August 24, 2013 at Scenic Hills Care Center in Ferdinand, IN

She was born April 9, 1924 in Bartelso to Louis and Mary (Pingsterhaus) Varel: they preceded her in death.

She married Walter Duing May 14, 1960 at St. Cecilia Church in Bartelso and he preceded her in death February 18, 2013.

Also preceded in death by a brother Louis Varel Jr., a sister Agnes Holtmann. Brothers-in-law and sisters-in-law Joseph Holtmann, Joseph Huelsmann, Marcella Varel, Alfred Korte, Lavern Laux, Irlene Varel, Mary and Al Timmermann, George and Ceil Duing, Marcella Krebs, Alvina and Ray Hustedde, Cornelius Henrichs.

Surviving are her children Diane (Mark) Ginter of Ferdinand, IN, Jeff (Mary Jo) Duing of Draper UT.

8 grandchildren Katie (Jeremy) Goebel, Michelle, John, Matthew, Luke, Joel and Joshua Ginter, Jacob Duing.

Brothers Leo Varel of Bartelso, Edwin “Ep” Varel of Carlyle

Sisters Clara Huelsmann of Bartelso, Lucille Korte of St. Rose, Laura Laux of Breese

Brother-in-law Clarence Krebs of Carlyle

Sister-in-law Amanda Henrichs of Breese

Martha had worked at Wee Walker Shoe Factory in Carlyle, and was a beautician. She enjoyed canning and quilting. Traveling, square dancing and her grandchildren.

She was a member of St. Boniface Catholic Church and Altar Sodality in Germantown, Clinton County Farm Bureau, Mascoutah Silver square – square dance club, and an honorary member of St. Joseph's Hospital Auxiliary in Breese.

David B. Lancey

David B. Lancey, age 46 of St. Louis, passed away Friday at his residence. Funeral services will be Wednesday at 11:00 a.m. at Spengel-Boulanger Funeral Home in Highland. Burial will be in Highland Cemetery. Friends may call Tuesday from 4:00 to 8:00 p.m. and Wednesday from 8:00 a.m. to service time at the Spengel-Boulanger Funeral Home.  Memorials are suggested to Stray Rescue St. Louis or H.I.S. K.I.D.S.

He was born on Thursday, March 30, 1967, in East Saint Louis, IL, the son of Terry M. and Virginia L. (nee Chappell) Lancey.

Mr. Lancey was born at East Saint Louis, IL; moved to Highland, IL, at age 1; and was a 1985 graduate of Highland High School. While in high school he participated in all the schools plays. He also performed at Diamond Mineral Springs and Southern Illinois-Edwardsville theaters. After high school, David toured & performed, as a singer and dancer, at military bases throughout the world for the Department of Defense. He had worked at Tri-Ford in Highland; manager of Lakeside Cafe at the St. Louis Zoo; worked as a Bartender and waiter at several St. Louis restaurants; and, managed food service at the Savis Center. He was a big fan of the "Oscars" and collected all the winners' CDs; he also enjoyed watching show-tunes movies. David was a cat lover, especially his latest cat, Oscar.

Survivors include:
Parents - Terry M. and Virginia L. (nee Chappell) Lancey, Highland, IL
Brother - Stephen M. Lancey, Breese, IL
Brother - Kelly Q Lancey, Highland, IL
Sister - Suzie Kay Lancey, Highland, IL
Special Friend of 19 years - Robert J. "Bob" Maurer, Saint Louis, MO
Nephew - Quinn A. (Rachel) Frey, US Navy, San Diego, CA
Nephew - Kevin M. (Sarah) Hennessy, Saint Louis, MO
Niece - Katie A. Lancey, Saint Louis, MO
Niece - Libby M. (finace-Jon Quinones) Lancey, Saint Louis, MO
Niece - Amanda R. Lancey, Chicago, IL
Nephew - Jonathan M. Lancey, Breese, IL
Niece - Kelly Ann M. Lancey, Denver, CO
Great Niece - Ava M. Weidner, Saint Louis, MO
Great Nephew - Jon "Jack" A. Quinones, Saint Louis, MO.

He was preceded in death by
Brother - Edward Scott Lancey (died 07/21/2012 @ age 49).


Funeral Mass of Christian Burial will be Tuesday, August 27, 2013 at 10:00 am at St. Damian's Catholic Church in Damiansville with Fr. Jack Joyce and Deacon Glen Netemeyer officiating. Interment will follow in St. Damian's Cemetery.
Visitation will be Monday, August 26, 2013 from 4:00-8:00 pm and again on Tuesday, August 27, 2013 from 8:00-9:15 am at the Moss Funeral Home in Breese. Memorials can be made to Hospice of Southern Illinois, St. Damian's Catholic Church, of to the donor's choice and will be received at the funeral home. Ralph J. Koopmann, 77, of Damiansville, died Saturday, August 24, 2013 at his residence. Mr. Koopmann was born July 24, 1936 in Germantown Township to Ben and Frances (Varel) Koopmann; they preceded him in death.

In addition to his parents, he was also preceded in death by a grandson, Sam Schumacher; a sister, Bertha Carvar; a brother, Bernie Koopmann; brothers-in-law, Melvin Carvar, Jim Varel, Alfred "Shorty" Santel, and Jerome Varel; his father-in-law and mother-in-law, Clem and Sarah (Linnemann) Santel; and nieces and nephews.
He married Bernadine Santel on May 30, 1961 at St. Damian's Catholic Church in Damiansville; she survives in Damiansville.

Also surviving are his children, Kathy (Rob) Schumacher of St. Rose. Theresa (Mike) Zobrist of Highland, Ric (Barb) Koopmann of Breese, Ron (Margie) Koopmann of Breese, and Randy (Melissa) Koopmann of Carlyle; 10 grandchildren, Lauren and Grant Schumacher, Brittne' and Shane Zobrist, Sarah and Alex Koopmann, Abby and Lucas Koopmann, Ben and Zach Koopmann; his siblings, Rita (Joe) Deiters of Beckemeyer, Leonard (Betty) Koopmann of Bartelso, Mary (Jerry) Grawe of Bartelso, Betty Varel of Bartelso, Norbert (Joan) Koopmann of Bartelso, and Albert Koopmann of Bartelso; sisters-in-law and brothers-in-law, Phyllis Koopmann of Breese, Janet Santel of Damiansville, Dolores "Toots" Varel of Bartelso, Diane (Bobby) Masterson of Damiansville, Robert "Smitty" (Ellarine) Santel of Damiansville, and Ollie (Esther) Santel of Iowa; and numerous nieces and nephews.
Ralph was a lifelong mechanic and he retired from the Wonder Bread Baking Company in St. Louis. He was an avid fisherman and he loved gardening.

He was a member of St. Damian's Catholic Church and Holy Name in Damiansville, Damiansville Chamber of Commerce, Metro East Automotive Lodge #313, and was a Veteran of the United States Air Force.

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